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Amazing Adventures Among the Stars!

Experience the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game like never before! Discover worlds where magic and technology exist together, where powerful spacefaring vessels called aetherships ply the skies and the stars. The Aethera Campaign Setting features a binary star system with multiple inhabited worlds that have only just survived a century-long war, and even now live in the shadow of an impending intergalactic invasion! Inside this massive 576-page tome you will find:

  • Four new races: Erahthi, plant-like entities with ties to a mysterious verdant elemental plane. Infused, survivors of magical experiments that possess a psychic network and telekinetic abilities. Okanta, giant-blooded humanoids endowed with powerful bestial traits and remarkable cunning. Phalanx, bio-organic constructs with living souls capable of tapping into past-life memories.
  • A new base class: the cantor, a divine spellcaster that uses the prophecy and song to debilitate enemies and enhance themselves and their allies.
  • Six new worlds to explore: The twin stars of Aethera and Ashra, the wasteland world of Akasaat, the jungle planet Kir-Sharaat, the Amrita Asteroid Belt, the gas giant Seraos, and the shrouded ice world of Orbis Aurea.
  • New rules for exciting, fast-paced vehicle combat that involves the entire party and allows you to build and captain your own ships.
  • New hybrid magical technology—aethertech—from mechanical prosthetics to unstoppable powered armor.
  • Dozens of new class archetypes, feats, spells, and MUCH, MUCH MORE!
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    Paizo Employee Webstore Coordinator

    4 people marked this as a favorite.

    576-page monster of a campaign setting. Now Available!

    Liberty's Edge

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    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    Totally worth it people; I am a kickstarter backer and I endorse this product.


    9 people marked this as a favorite.

    My first project, finally out in the wild! ^_^

    Silver Crusade

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    Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

    Yay!

    Sczarni Canadian Maplecakes

    4 people marked this as a favorite.

    Ahhhhhh! So excited for this to be released!

    Players & GMs alike can consume the crazy rules for aethership combat that I designed alongside Robert Brookes. Also, former demon-worshiping space minotaurs. OH! And the whole gas giant planet filled with elemental breaches and...

    Basically, just get this book; it's pretty amazing.


    1 person marked this as a favorite.

    I'll get it. But it'll have to wait until after Tekko. I need to see how much I'll have left after the convention.

    Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

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    So excited to see this on Paizo!


    Dumb question time, as I did not follow the Kickstarter.

    Does this use the Starfinder rules, or the Pathfinder rules for things like combat, magic, skills, etc.? Or does it have its own rule set that can be used with either?

    thanks -- david


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    It's based on Pathfinder, although (depending on how Starfinder's system works) it could probably be easily converted to work with the new system. ^_^


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    Cover looks awesome. Sounds interesting.


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    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    It's based on Pathfinder, although (depending on how Starfinder's system works) it could probably be easily converted to work with the new system. ^_^

    Thank you kindly for the response.

    It is in my cart now. Need to make up my mind. I think that I will wait for the reviews first.

    -- david

    Silver Crusade

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    Oh man, this looks like an amazing product written by heroic people. People should probably buy this a lot.

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    John Napier 698 wrote:
    I'll get it. But it'll have to wait until after Tekko. I need to see how much I'll have left after the convention.

    Hearing people talk about Tekkoshocon outside of my area always feels weird, one of these years I should go back to it.

    Contributor

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    I'm exceptionally happy to see this finally be released into the wild!

    I had way too much with my own portions of the setting, and I got to see some spectacular work by both other veterans and some people relatively or completely new to freelance work. Really unique stuff and I'm proud to have been a part of it! :D

    Let's just say that I was able to inject some lovely bits of weirdness and open mystery into my portions, and I had fun working on a lovely variant cosmology entwined with the setting's history as to why it's the way it is. Suffice to say that while they're strange and frankly suffering, shipwrecked in a static, physical reality of the Aethera system, outsiders stranded there on the material plane are uniformly in agreement that something has gone hideously wrong with reality. >:)

    Contributor

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    Rick Kunz wrote:
    576-page monster of a campaign setting. Now Available!

    580. >.>

    If I could describe Aethera's setting, it's like if you mashed Firefly, Ice Pirates, and Krull together, and spiced it up with some Dune, Final Fantasy VI, and Fallout.


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    And Event Horizon.

    Contributor

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    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    And Event Horizon.

    I was trying to forget about the Kytons...but they won't forget about me... *hears music*


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    Krull! :)

    Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

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    Papa-DRB wrote:

    Dumb question time, as I did not follow the Kickstarter.

    Does this use the Starfinder rules, or the Pathfinder rules for things like combat, magic, skills, etc.? Or does it have its own rule set that can be used with either?

    thanks -- david

    As Isabelle stated above, this is 100% Pathfinder. It requires no conversions and allows you to use all your material (save for some cleric related options explained in the book.) Everything else you need is here: feats, races, new uses for old skills, equipment mundane and magical, archetypes, symbionts, power armor, an entire solar system with a detailed history and gazetteers, and a huge bestiary.

    I've done a lot of work with Pathfinder over the years and I'm extremely proud of how this book came out.


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    It's priced well too. ;)


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    Liz Courts wrote:
    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    And Event Horizon.
    I was trying to forget about the Kytons...but they won't forget about me... *hears music*

    Actually, Kytons are more Hellraiser than Event Horizon, but that's just my opinion.


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    John Napier 698 wrote:
    Liz Courts wrote:
    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    And Event Horizon.
    I was trying to forget about the Kytons...but they won't forget about me... *hears music*
    Actually, Kytons are more Hellraiser than Event Horizon, but that's just my opinion.

    Normal kytons are. The Choir of the Machine has made... advancements.

    (I was specifically asked to check out Event Horizon for this project.)


    Oooh! Perhaps I can get by with one less DVD this year. Provided the DVD could be ordered elsewhere later.


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    I may not be able to get this before the middle of May. But I am putting a pin in this one.

    Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

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    Lemartes wrote:
    It's priced well too. ;)

    Robert was steadfast on that point. It's an INSANE amount of awesomeness for the price! You'd be crazy not to buy it! :)


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    Any plans for a print edition?

    Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

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    Tectorman wrote:
    Any plans for a print edition?

    The print edition has been sent to the printers and *should* be ready by summer; we are hoping to have it available at GenCon.

    You can preorder the print version or print/PDF bundle now at the Legendary Games webstore, which will put you in the first wave of shipments to go out once the books arrive.

    We will have it for sale here at Paizo, but because of GenCon it's likely it will not be processed into their warehouse system until after the con, so likely early September.

    Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

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    I'm getting the physical proof of the book on Monday, so provided that all goes well printing will start next week. We're on track for GenCon!

    Silver Crusade

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    Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    John Napier 698 wrote:
    Liz Courts wrote:
    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    And Event Horizon.
    I was trying to forget about the Kytons...but they won't forget about me... *hears music*
    Actually, Kytons are more Hellraiser than Event Horizon, but that's just my opinion.

    Normal kytons are. The Choir of the Machine has made... advancements.

    (I was specifically asked to check out Event Horizon for this project.)

    *huggles the poor Isabelle*


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    Rysky wrote:
    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    John Napier 698 wrote:
    Liz Courts wrote:
    Isabelle Lee wrote:
    And Event Horizon.
    I was trying to forget about the Kytons...but they won't forget about me... *hears music*
    Actually, Kytons are more Hellraiser than Event Horizon, but that's just my opinion.

    Normal kytons are. The Choir of the Machine has made... advancements.

    (I was specifically asked to check out Event Horizon for this project.)

    *huggles the poor Isabelle*

    Yeah. Not a good movie to watch alone, in the dark.

    Silver Crusade

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    Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

    There are so many things here that I love, but I think my favorite have to be the Taur, especially given their connection to the Choir of the Machine.


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    In hindsight, maybe I should have waited to get all of those D20 Traveller RPG PDFs.


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    I didn't have too much trouble with Event Horizon or Hellraiser, to be honest. (Even in the dark.)

    I still can't get past the Prison in Amnesia: The Dark Descent, though. There's something about an interactive experience that amplifies the terror.


    True. But for me, seeing an "excessive" amount of gore makes me physically ill.


    John Napier 698 wrote:
    True. But for me, seeing an "excessive" amount of gore makes me physically ill.

    That's valid - I don't tend to like that stuff either. (There's various parts of those films I kind of zone out for.) I categorize it as revulsion rather than fear, though.

    In any case, we're wandering off from the product discussion. ^_^


    Fair enough. Back on topic then. :)


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    How detailed are the ship / vehicle construction rules?

    Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

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    John Napier 698 wrote:
    How detailed are the ship / vehicle construction rules?

    That's one of the largest sections of the book. We start with a full breakdown of how vehicle combat works in Aethera--which is more like creature-based combat. If you know how to handle a flying dragon you can run aetherships combat with little learning curve.

    The ships themselves come in a variety of "base hulls" that represent different archetypal aetherships types from single pilot speeders and fighters to mile-long flying cities like the dreadnaught.

    Customizing ships comes from gear, just like a PC, and we have dozens of pages of ship modules and weapons. Each ship has a number of hardpoints that work like body slots for magic items, so you can mix and match hardware.

    Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

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    We'd also love to see reviews form folks too :)


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    Very Nice. I've been designing ships, especially Warships, ever since Classic Traveller. I've become very good at it. I'm glad that the ship design rules will be very detailed. :)

    Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

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    My biggest concern was that it not only be detailed, but also easy to use Thurston Hillman wrote and designed the entire ship section and it's phenomenal. He did an amazing job and built not only a robust but easy to use and fast-paced system for ship combat.

    AND you can even use your ships against non-vehicular opponents. Starship vs GIANT space whale? Go for it!


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    "Target the enemy Infantry formation at Grid NZ-11358879. Begin the bombardment, Lasers in effect. Fire." Sorry, had a Classic Traveller flashback. :)

    Silver Crusade

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    So let me ask some questions to the writers here; what was your favorite part of the book? What points of the setting are the most unique? What was parts of the book that turned out differently than you originally envisioned?

    The Exchange

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    You know, you're all going really hard on me. Between FGG's Starfinder kickstarter, the Legendary forest kickstarter, this one and a lot of other stuff I could name, you 3PPs produce way too much awesome stuff for me to consume (and worse, for me to spend money on).

    And especially you, LG: you made me suffer for two long months with your "60 products for 30 $ sale" which I conciously decided to stay away from, and now that this cloud has finally gone, you decide to torture me with your next project? Really? REALLY?

    Well, ok, you won. Seeing that Shemeshka the Marauder had her hands (claws?) on this thing was the final nail to the coffin (which I now probably can't afford anymore ;) )

    Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

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    WormysQueue wrote:

    You know, you're all going really hard on me. Between FGG's Starfinder kickstarter, the Legendary forest kickstarter, this one and a lot of other stuff I could name, you 3PPs produce way too much awesome stuff for me to consume (and worse, for me to spend money on).

    And especially you, LG: you made me suffer for two long months with your "60 products for 30 $ sale" which I conciously decided to stay away from, and now that this cloud has finally gone, you decide to torture me with your next project? Really? REALLY?

    Well, ok, you won. Seeing that Shemeshka the Marauder had her hands (claws?) on this thing was the final nail to the coffin (which I now probably can't afford anymore ;) )

    Ha! We could be Calistrian priests with the sweet sting of that tortured lure that is Too Much Good Stuff!

    Always.
    Be.
    Awesome.

    It's one of our key company values. :)

    The Exchange

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    Well, you certainly are (awesome that is). I kinda hate myself for not having participated in your last sale, but I still need to read a lot of stuff from your sale before, so I was kinda trying not to add to the slush pile. But as I've yet to see a product from LG that I really don't like, so it was really hard not to take the offer.

    I am really looking forward to read this one, though.


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    Fave parts to write? Erahthi society. I wasn't expecting to like them at first. The initial nugget I was handed felt way too clean - very close to Roddenberry-esque perfect society. So I got to muddy them up a *lot* and pull in historical influences from jazz age migration patterns to cities, generation gaps, post-war cultural impact (see if you can spot the zoot suit reference) ... just lots and lots of pieces to make for a complicated culture off of the nugget I had.

    Most surprising / unique part: gotta be the superheros! Seriously. Imagine if the Shadow fought for justice in an ice pirate space colony... and that's Complex Four.

    Different is hard to say though - it was a collaborative effort, with a lot of peering over each other's shoulder to see how the moving parts fit together as a team. So really we got to see each other's work in development and didn't get caught by surprise much in the end.

    Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

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    I'm going to let other authors chime in as they see this before I go and blab on about what I loved about this labor of love project.

    That said, I received the proof of the print copies today (a test print of the finished book I can check for formatting errors, etc) and it looks fabulous. It's also heavy enough to double as your own personal mjolnir if you want. Drop it in front of your players and see who is worthy.

    Dark Archive

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    Ah, I remember wanting to get this from kickstarter but not having enough money at the time :'D Dunno if I missed some exclusive material due to that, kinda reason why I don't like rpg kickstarters much if they do have backer exclusive content...

    Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

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    There were some limited edition comics and GM screens but no actual game content was paywalled behind the Kickstarter :)

    Contributor

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    WormysQueue wrote:


    Well, ok, you won. Seeing that Shemeshka the Marauder had her hands (claws?) on this thing was the final nail to the coffin (which I now probably can't afford anymore ;) )

    Oh my claws were all over some parts of this. Lots of planar content, some monsters, the section on Aethera and Ashra, and an archetype. I had oh so much fun working on it all. :D

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